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What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is a flowering herb believed to have originated in Central Asia but is now found globally. As early as 2700 BC, there is documented evidence that cannabis was used as a safe and effective therapeutic remedy. Between 1840 and 1900, European and American journals of medicine published more than 100 articles on the therapeutic use of cannabis. In fact, cannabis was part of the American pharmacopoeia until 1942, and is currently available by prescription in the Netherlands, Israel, and Germany.

There are several species of cannabis. Those that contain high levels of the psychoactive chemical THC are commonly known as “marijuana” and used in medicinal marijuana. Those with low levels of THC are harvested commercially worldwide as “hemp” for a variety of products, including rope, paper, and clothing.

There are more than 475 chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, including over 80 medicinal cannabinoids. The two most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD.

What is THC? (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. It is the one that gives marijuana its mind-altering reputation. However, it also offers numerous medicinal benefits. THC blocks pain signals from the brain, making it a highly effective pain reliever, especially for nerve-related pain.

THC Molecule Diagram

What is CBD? (Cannabidiol)

The best way to describe CBD is to say it is the opposite of THC. And it is. That is because CBD is an anti-psychoactive chemical. It counteracts the mind-altering properties of THC and provides balance. This is one of the reasons why the different forms of medicinal marijuana are so effective.

CBD is also a highly beneficial chemical. It reduces nausea and suppresses epileptic seizures. Arthritis patients gain measurable relief from its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD slows tumor and cancer cell growth in cancer patients, and it has proven to be effective in treatments for anxiety and depression.

Dosage Forms Available in PA

VAPORIZATION

Medical marijuana can be inhaled via vaporization. There are numerous products to help facilitate this process, including portable vapes, stationary vaporizers, and dabbing instruments.

From a health standpoint, many studies comparing the difference between smoking and vaporizing reveal that there are substantial advantages associated with vaporization which include more efficient cannabinoid extraction and a decreased exposure to toxic elements such as carbon monoxide and tar, which are derived from smoking.

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Vaporizing Dry Herb

Vaporizers designed to heat the cannabis in its raw, bud form are known as dry herb vaporizers. Dry herbs of all sorts have been used for centuries for meditation, relaxation and medicinal purposes. Certain flowers and herbs (including cannabis) can be dried, crushed and then inserted into a vape pen that is dry-herb capable. The vape’s oven chamber will heat up the dry herbs which will release a vapor which can then be inhaled. To get the most out of your vaporization experience, be sure to grind your material using an herb grinder to break your material down to create more surface area for the heat to reach.

TINCTURE

Tinctures are oils derived from the cannabis plant and are typically administered sublingually under the tongue with a dropper. This allows the cannabinoids to immediately enter the bloodstream through the vessel-rich tissues within the sublingual cavity. There are a large number of blood vessels under the tongue and within the mouth which can absorb cannabinoids, so that before you swallow, cannabis can also enter the blood stream.

Sublingual delivery through the oral mucosal membranes in your mouth is an effective way to ingest cannabinoids. This method provides for rapid and effective absorption directly into systemic circulation because of the increased bioavailability of the cannabinoids.

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RSO -RICK SIMPSON OIL

RSO is named after its creator, Rick Simpson, who became well-known for professing his passion for this type of product and its medical efficacy. RSO is produced using a vacuum distillation process, which distills out the solvent and reserves terpenes that would otherwise be lost to open air distillation. RSO is a great option for patients who do not want to vaporize or are uncomfortable swallowing capsules. Used orally, RSO can be absorbed through the mouth sublingually, or swallowed and ingested.

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CAPSULES

Infused capsules are swallowed and absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract for slow onset and long-lasting effects. Capsules are precision dosed with a super-critically extracted marijuana concentrate which has been winterized and infused with coconut butter prior to filling. They are available in multiple formulations, giving patients the ability to select the option that is best for them.

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LOTIONS

Cannabinoids can also be absorbed through the skin. Products designed for this are known as cannabis topicals. The skin has a relatively complex absorption process that involves a chemical’s ability to dissolve in H20. Examples of topical products include lotions, creams, and balms. The topical application of cannabinoids has an onset of action within minutes locally (i.e. creams and balms applied to a joint), with duration of these effects lasting approximately one to two hours.

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CONCENTRATES/EXTRACTS

Cannabis concentrates, commonly referred to as cannabis extracts, are significantly more potent than your standard cannabis buds. Their applications as medicine have proven to be effective for patients suffering from many adverse health conditions. A cannabis concentrate is reminiscent of the cannabis strain it was extracted from; the smell, taste, and effects are simply magnified due to a larger concentration by weight.

Due to these products being a concentrated mix, you have the benefit of only needing a very small amount to get the same effect as you would with larger amounts of a less concentrated mix.

While the number of components released depends on the compounds present and the temperature, none of the toxic biproducts of smoking plant matter is present in the vapor. This means that vapor will have a much higher percentage of desired cannabinoid /terpenoid content when compared to smoke.

CONCENTRATES/EXTRACTS

Cannabis concentrates, commonly referred to as cannabis extracts, are significantly more potent than your standard cannabis buds. Their applications as medicine have proven to be effective for patients suffering from many adverse health conditions. A cannabis concentrate is reminiscent of the cannabis strain it was extracted from; the smell, taste, and effects are simply magnified due to a larger concentration by weight.

Due to these products being a concentrated mix, you have the benefit of only needing a very small amount to get the same effect as you would with larger amounts of a less concentrated mix.

While the number of components released depends on the compounds present and the temperature, none of the toxic biproducts of smoking plant matter is present in the vapor. This means that vapor will have a much higher percentage of desired cannabinoid /terpenoid content when compared to smoke.

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Live Sugar – a shimmery crystalline concentrate made using the fresh-frozen material.

Budder – a smooth and creamy concentrate that resembles peanut butter in consistency.

Wax – a concentrate that easily breaks apart into smaller-sized pieces. Easy to work with using only your hands.

Live Budder – a smooth and creamy concentrate made using the fresh-frozen material.

Shatter – a translucent, glass-like concentrate that ‘shatters’ when tapped on a hard surface.

Terpenes

The cannabis plant consists of a wide variety of chemicals and compounds. About 140 of these belong to a large class of aromatic organic hydrocarbons known as terpenes (pronounced tur-peens).

Terpenes have been found to be essential building blocks of complex plant hormones and molecules, pigments, sterols, and cannabinoids. Terpenes are responsible for the pleasant, or not so pleasant, aromas of cannabis and the physiological effects associated with them. Although not permitted in Pennsylvania, patients will often ask to smell the cannabis when selecting their medicine. The idea is that certain aromas help identify different strains and their effects. Strains with relatively high concentrations of specific terpenes are easier to identify by their smell.

For example, the smell of musk or of clove is detected when there is a high level of the terpene myrcene. A piney smell is usually indicative of a high level of the terpene pinene and a lemony smell indicates a high level of the terpene limonene. Our online menu provides the terpene content, if available, of each product which may vary by batch and grower even for the same strain.

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NEW EASY PRODUCT ORDERING!

We have upgraded our online Product Reservation process!

NEW FEATURES:

  • Easy and user friendly.
  • Create a user account so you can always view your past ordersand easily reserve the same products.
  • Sort and search for products by grower, by form, THC/CBD and by price.
  • Product Menu automatically updated in real time- so the products you see on our menu are the products currently in stock.
  • Awesome product images and descriptions that includes theterpenes profile for the products you are ordering.
  • Place your products in your shopping cart and check out.
  • Text notifications to let you know your order has been receivedand when it's ready to pick up.
  • Choose a pick up time to streamline the process (Reservationswill be held for 24 hours).
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ORGANIC REMEDIES RECEIVES OPERATIONAL APPROVAL FOR CLINICAL REGISTRANT LICENSE

To our valued patients and caregivers,

We are pleased to announce that we have converted our Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensary license to a Clinical Registrant license. While this designation does not change our patient services or products, it allows us to partner with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in conducting long-term research in the study of therapeutic applications of medical marijuana.

Initially, this research will focus on chronic pain and opioid management, the drug’s impact on behavioral health and quality of life, and trends in usage. We believe this is an important step toward defining the medicinal value of this plant-based therapy to enrich the lives of Pennsylvanians and humanity as a whole.

As a state-approved clinical registrant, Organic Remedies is now licensed to grow and process medical marijuana and open three additional medical marijuana dispensaries. Our current medical marijuana dispensaries in Enola, Chambersburg and York have now been converted to clinical registrant dispensaries.

We are looking forward to expanding our footprint in Pennsylvania to serve more patients through our personal, high-touch, clinical approach and developing our own line of medical marijuana products. We anticipate launching our own Organic Remedies product line later this year.

As a clinical registrant, there may be an opportunity for our current patients to participate in our upcoming clinical research if they meet specific criteria established for the clinical trials. We will keep you informed of the next step in the patient selection process as more information becomes available.

We thank you for your support as we continue to work together to more fully understand medical marijuana’s therapeutic applications and improve patients’ lives.

Sincerely, Organic Remedies Leadership Team

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Curbside Delivery Service

Protecting Patients, Caregivers and Employees is Top Priority While Also Providing Necessary Medical Marijuana Medications to Patients with Serious Illnesses

Organic Remedies medical marijuana dispensaries has started curbside delivery service at its three dispensary locations following approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ease requirements for dispensing medical marijuana. Curbside delivery started at the company’s Enola location on Sat., Mar. 21 and was initiated at its York and Chambersburg dispensaries on Sun., Mar. 22.

Curbside Delivery

“As an essential healthcare provider, our highest priority is to protect the health and well-being of our patients, caregivers and employees. Our curbside delivery service will allow us to provide the crucial medications our patients need, while also increasing the level of social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for both our patients and employees,” said Organic Remedies President Eric Hauser.

Organic Remedies will be offering curbside delivery service until the CDC deems the risk of spreading disease is minimal. The dispensaries will continue to offer patient consultations with experienced pharmacists in the store locations for new patients. Follow-up pharmacist consultations will be scheduled by phone.

“We are grateful that the DOH has allowed a temporary suspension of the state requirements that mandate dispensing of medical marijuana only inside medical marijuana dispensaries. By converting to curbside delivery service instead of in-store sales, we greatly reduce exposure to potential disease spread,” said Hauser.

Hauser added that patients or caregivers should reserve products on the company’s website in advance of visiting the store. Reservations are now permitted for all categories of products, including dry leaf. Patients and caregivers can reserve a maximum of three items per product. Dry leaf orders are limited to a maximum of 30 grams, which includes a maximum of 14 grams per strain. For patients or caregivers who have no internet access, Organic Remedies will accept orders by phone.

Patient care consultants will meet patients and caregivers curbside to gather the required items, including the patient’s state-approved medical marijuana card, a government-issued photo ID and the cash payment. After the patient or caregivers’ credentials are validated, the patient care consultants will process the transaction and return with the product to the patient or caregivers’ vehicle. Security at the dispensaries has been increased to maintain traffic control in the parking lots.

Organic Remedies continues to diligently clean and sanitize its facilities according to CDC guidelines. The list of increased measures to sanitize and protect patients, caregivers and employees is posted on the company’s website and includes:

  • Thoroughly disinfecting all areas of the dispensaries, utilizing a natural, non-toxic formula shown to be 99% effective in virus eradication, through a fogging procedure.
  • Maintaining a sanitary environment, wiping counters, doors and surfaces in direct contact with individuals every hour during business hours with disinfectant spray.
  • Continuing to provide hand sanitizer gel for both employees and patients and requiring employees to use the hand sanitizer gel frequently while working.
  • Asking that employees, patients and caregivers forego the usual and customary handshake as a greeting to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Requiring employees to frequently wash hands for a period of more than 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Requiring an employee who may be ill to remain at home and not report for work in the dispensary until a reasonable time period after the illness as defined by the CDC.
  • Asking that patients and caregivers who may be ill to remain at home until a reasonable time period after the illness and assign a caregiver if they require medication during that time.

CONTACT:
Janice Spurlock
Communications/Marketing
717-819-3895
J.Spurlock@OrganicRemediesPA.com

Eric Hauser, RPh.
President, Organic Remedies
724-244-2655
E.Hauser@OrganicRemediesPA.com

Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020

A Message from Organic Remedies

To our valued patients and caregivers,

As more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emerges, we understand that our patients have questions and concerns about precautions to prevent this disease. At Organic Remedies, we are strongly committed to our patients’ health and well being, and our top priority has always been to provide a safe and sanitary environment. However, considering recent events, we are increasing our sanitation efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in the following ways:

  • Each of our dispensary location have been thoroughly disinfected, utilizing a natural, non-toxic formula shown to be 99% effective in virus eradication, through a fogging procedure.
  • To maintain this sanitary environment, we wipe counters, doors, and surfaces in direct contact with patients and caregivers every hour during business hours with disinfectant spray.
  • We will continue to provide hand sanitizer gel for both employees and patients, and we will require employees to use the hand sanitizer gel frequently during the course of the day.
  • We have asked that employees, patients and caregivers forego the usual and customary handshake as a greeting to prevent the spread of germs.
  • We require employees to frequently wash their hands for a period of more than 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • We will require any employee who may be ill to remain at home and not report for work in the dispensary until a reasonable time period after the illness as defined by the CDC
  • We ask that patients and caregivers who may be ill to please remain at home until a reasonable time period after the illness and assign a caregiver if they require medication during that time.

In addition, we offer you the following recommendations from CDC:

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Clean surfaces in your home and personal items, such as cell phones, using regular household products.
  • Consider an “elbow bump” instead of a hug or handshake.

We understand that medical marijuana is essential for our patients’ health and wellbeing. As a healthcare provider, we will remain open during our regular business hours. We will continue to update patients as we receive additional information. More information on COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/.

Sincerely,

Eric Hauser, RPH, CEO, Organic Remedies

ORGANIC REMEDIES GETS STATE APPROVAL AS A CLINICAL REGISTRANT

February 24, 2020

PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND ORGANIC REMEDIES PARTNER TO RESEARCH THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

The partners will be part of the states first-in-the-nation research program for medical marijuana.

 

CARLISLE, Pa. (Feb. 24, 2020) - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Organic Remedies are pleased to announce a strategic partnership dedicated to health outcomes-based research involving cannabinoids and medical marijuana. PCOM and Organic Remedies have signed a long-term research agreement to study therapeutic applications of medical marijuana. Initially, their research will focus on chronic pain and opioid management, the drug’s impact on behavioral health and quality of life, and trends in usage.

“Pennsylvania remains at the forefront of clinical research on medical marijuana. We, at PCOM, in partnership with a best-in-class clinical registrant partner, Organic Remedies, will collaborate with other academic clinical research centers to increase the pace of discovery,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, president and chief executive officer, PCOM. “Only through research will we more fully understand medical marijuana’s therapeutic applications and improve patients’ lives.”

PCOM has been approved as a certified Academic Clinical Research Center under Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana law since September 2018.

As a state-approved clinical registrant, Organic Remedies will be licensed to grow and process medical marijuana and open three additional medical marijuana dispensaries. The organization currently operates three medical marijuana dispensaries in Enola, Chambersburg and York, Pa.

“Organic Remedies is honored to have the opportunity to work with such an esteemed institution as PCOM,” said Organic Remedies CEO Mark Toigo. “This is an important step toward defining the medicinal value of this plant-based therapy to enrich the lives of Pennsylvanians and humanity as a whole. We look forward to expanding our footprint in Pennsylvania to serve more patients by leveraging our patient-centric, personal, high-touch, clinical approach to patient care.”

The goal of the partnership between Organic Remedies with expertise in growing, processing and dispensing the highest quality medicinal marijuana, and PCOM known for its standard of excellence in patient care, education and research, is to identify which patients will benefit from the drug.

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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit www.pcom.edu

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About Organic Remedies

Organic Remedies provides safe, effective medical marijuana therapies to patients in South Central Pennsylvania. With three dispensaries, located in Enola, Chambersburg and York, Pa., Organic Remedies delivers a clinical approach for the utilization of medical marijuana that is patient focused, collaborative and outcomes based. An expert team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to helping patients with longstanding serious medical conditions who have failed to find adequate relief through other therapies.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Janice Spurlock
Communications/Marketing
717-819-3895
J.Spurlock@OrganicRemediesPA.com

News For You from Organic Remedies PA

What are TERPENES, you ask?

Found in the trichomes of the cannabis plant, terpenes are plant oils with unique aromas and distinctive flavors (pine, citrus, mint) and are known to play a key role in the overall effects of each strain. Terpenes also play a key role in differentiating the flavor and scent of marijuana. Some terpenes might promote relaxation, while others energy or focus.

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